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Building the Orkos House website with Foundation

I was recently asked to update the website for Orkos House. The old website was built with a free website creator and used tables for the page layout. It had some great images and I saw a lot of potential for this site.

Adding Twitter cards to Jekyll

Twitter cards are a great way of making links to your site stand out to other twitter users. They can be used to provide additional information and an image about your page, from within twitter when you expand a tweet. Examples include twitter summary cards that provide a title, description and image, or product cards that can provide information such as price or product category.

Upcoming Book Promotions

Just a quick message to let you know of a couple of promotions on my books on the Amazon UK kindle store.

Thinking about design

I was following a bus the other day and it was so slow. It started me thinking about the design of a bus and how could it be imporved with modern technology. Some of the problems with buses include:

Welcome to my new site!

Hello and welcome to my new site, powered by Jekyll.

Latest Posts

Keeping Tests Simple in Laravel
Keeping Tests Simple in Laravel

When developing a Laravel web application it can often start out quite simple, but can grow in complexity over time. This complexity can also end up being reflected in your tests. Sometimes to run an end to end test you can end up spending longer creating the scenario for the test than the actual test. How can we keep tests simple and quick to write?

Using Eloquent Query Scopes in Laravel
Using Eloquent Query Scopes in Laravel

If you are writing eloquent queries in your Laravel project and find yourself writing the same logic in your queries over and over again then query scopes might be of use to you. Scopes offer you a way of extracting a part of a query from your controller and into your model to simplify your queries and keep them cleaner.

Creating my first npm package
Creating my first npm package

I’ve been a web developer for over 12 years now and I use so many different npm packages every day throughout both my day job and my side projects, but I had never made my own npm package before. I decided that I wanted to see what it’s all about and how you go about creating your own package and deploying it to npm.

How NOT to make a website

How NOT to make a Website

By C.S. Rhymes

How NOT to use a smartphone

How NOT to use a Smartphone

By C.S. Rhymes